Tucson High running back/DB Davajay Hinton announced his commitment to play for the University of Arizona on Tuesday afternoon. The First-Team All-Southern Arizona standout rushed for 773 yards with 11 touchdowns and pulled down 142 receiving yards with two more TDs.
Hinton, the son of former University of Arizona standout David Hinton, collected 17 tackles and four interceptions on defense. He also averaged over 40 yards as the Badgers’ punter.
“It means a lot knowing that my mother is still looking down and smiling at me,” Hinton told us. “I’m speechless because I have set a tone for my little brother to be better and I couldn’t thank God more for this opportunity.”
Hinton is also a standout track athlete and he spent his first three years playing for Salpointe. He had previously committed to play for Northern Colorado. Hinton will be a “Blue Shirt” and will sign his scholarship after the first day of fall camp.
“It is self-gratifying in many ways,” his father said.
“DJ has blazed his own trail with perseverance through family crisis and determined to follow his dreams despite the obstacles. Words can’t describe how proud I am of DJ. From the time DJ began competitive sports at 5 years old, he has been determined not to be left out or overlooked. This has to be the most anticipated chapter in his life for me as a parent because he’s now becoming a man a making decisions for himself while allowing me to give a “father’s input”. It’s like living a dream for him…..and I just plan to be a dad and support from afar.”
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com